Details

Common Name
Sandbur
Botanic Name
Cenchrus longispinus
Plant Family
Poaceae
Habitat
Waste ground and disturbed soils.
Animals Affected
Dogs, people, sheep, horses, cattle.
Sandbur
Toxic Principle
The spiny burs are not toxic but cause tramuatic injury to animals. The burs can become matted in the fleece of sheep causing the fleece to be devalued.
Description
A sprawling grass with rolled leaf blades which become flat at maturity. Multiple distinctive burs with over 30 sharp, barbed spines on each spur.
Musculoskeletal
Tramua to the foot pads and interdigital space causing severe lameness.